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First round of FCAT scores to be released

SEBRING - The first round of Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores are expected this week when the Florida Department of Education releases the third-grade reading and mathematics scores and writing results for all tested grades.
Also, secondary students will soon find out how they did on the U.S. history end-of-course exam.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Rebecca Fleck said Friday she is working on the U.S. History scores and sending them to schools so they can provide them to parents. The results will also be included on the student report cards.
Students take U.S. history primarily in 11th grade, but anyone taking the course must take the exam, which counts toward 30 percent of the grade, she said.
This is the first year students have been tested with the U.S. history end-of-course exam.
Fleck reported that 90 percent of the 577 students in the district who took the exam passed.
The district has already received the FCAT retake results, she said.
Students who do not pass the reading or math FCAT at the high school level have a few opportunities to retake the assessment test so they can meet the graduation requirement.
The FDOE sends the retake scores early because they can affect graduation, Fleck said. Also, third-grade reading scores are among the first results released because they can affect promotion to fourth grade.
A third-grader who scores in the lowest level on FCAT reading has to show improvement during a summer reading camp to be promoted to fourth grade.
The current versions of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test are dubbed FCAT 2.0, designating that it measures student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in reading, mathematics, science and writing.
The Florida EOC, or end-of-course, Assessments are designed to measure student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific courses, as outlined in the course descriptions.


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